Tuesday, January 4, 2011

✩ Dreams ✩

Happy New Year, friends! 

I've been offline, celebrating with local friends and family...

and I've missed you. How are you? I hope your holidays were joyful. Happy 2011!

I love a bright and shiny new year, don't you? 

They feel plump with potential, ready for extraordinary,


spectacular things to happen...it's almost like opening a treasure box.

What adventures await inside the box, the new year?  Where will '11 take us? 

Magical places?

Will your journey bring fairies?

A new year.  Anything can happen.

You have to believe in your dreams...

spend time with your dreams...and words...and ideas.

But I believe hard work brings the most magic.

You have to live fearlessly. Know what you want. Work hard. And chase those dreams down.

Don't let fear stop you from living the life you truly want to live. I KNOW the publishing industry can be crushing and rife with insecurities, but if this is your passion you must live it fully...

enjoy the process and lessons... believe in yourself, your talents, your individuality, your dreams.

 So, I'd like to share with you my wishes...

and dreams...

for 2011. For you. For me. 

I wish...

for everyone to take time for more champagne picnics!

And to eat MORE CUPCAKES and listen to more music! (or whatever makes you and your loved ones happy)

I dream of not being worried that I'm too old to wear my hair and make-up like this:

I'll NEVER be too old for these beauties if I skip the socks, right? 'Cause, srsly, I can run like a badass ninja in heels.

Anyway, I digress.

No one, NO ONE is ever too old to swing. Swinging is like flying. I hope you take time to swing in '11.

I dream of more traveling. Always. My wanderlust is legendary...and impulsive. 

I dream of writing my way across Europe, the world.

My last dream...

my biggest dream for 2011...

Is for ALL OF YOU to have love and joy this year, to reach YOUR writing goals and... 

Believe in Your Dreams.
Because I believe in YOU.

So let's kick some spectacular ass in '11. You with me? (I'm doing it in cute pink heels, yo. And barefoot. I like barefoot, too.)

I know I haven't been around the blogosphere since just before Christmas, but I'll be visiting all of you this week. I'm looking forward to it.

What are YOUR dreams for this year?
Are YOU attending any writer's conferences this year? If so, which? 
(and if they're on the east coast, especially the NYC area, let me know..maybe we can meet up.)
Talk to me.


(all images from weheartit.com )


Kelly said...

Beautiful, gorgeous thoughts and photos, Lola!
May your 2011 be spectacular as well.
I'll be kicking some butt in my Ugg knockoffs though. It's cold here. :)
I don't have any conferences lined up, but I do have a webinar this weekend!

mshatch said...

what fabulous photos and thoughts - and I love your new pic of Eric. He's pretty...yummy.

Elliot Grace said...

...during the worst of days, you can spark a smile:)

Hoping all your dreams become reality in '11, for no one deserves it more.


Kari Marie said...

I love this collection of photos and thoughts. Happy New Year!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

Lola, you're amazing and write the most inspiring posts! I love all the pictures and the words you created to go with them. And for the record, while EVERYTHING resonated with me, I especially LOVE the one about hair and makeup :)


Colene Murphy said...

Lovely!! As usual..
Can you teach me to WEAR heels, and then run like a bad ass ninja?

Definitely need more cupcakes in my life this year...

PedanticRomantic said...

I am in the NYC area but don't know of any conferences. :-(
Are there conferences that honor dead novelists? I am a fan of Stendhal and Proust!

The Words Crafter said...

Your words and these pictures...fabulous! I used to be able to run like a badass ninja in high heels....now, though, I'd break something. Probably several somethings =P

Great wishes and I wish them for you, too.

I'm having a giveaway on my blog.....come see if there's anything you'd like a chance at!

Bonnie R. Paulson said...

Lola, Thank you. I needed this to remember the fun stuff in 2011 rather than the work I set for myself.

Thank you. (I'm running, but barefoot! sometimes in fuzzy blue and yellow polkadot socks!)

Emy Shin said...

I have so much love for this post. It's gorgeous. Beautiful. And there're so many quotes and pictures I want to print and frame.

Thanks for sharing this post with us!

Anonymous said...

More cupcakes sounds like a good plan to me!

A lovely post, with beautiful photos :-)

Alleged Author said...

This was a wonderful post! I'm a very visual person and it made me tingly all over! Many happy wishes to you also!

Quinn said...

Loved all the photos!

M Pax said...

Happy 2011! Hope your year is all sparkly :D

Terresa said...

Happy New Year to you, beautiful Lola! 2011 is off to a grand start already, I'd say, sparkly, full to overflowing with words and wonder, let's hope it can hold.

Samantha Vérant said...

Lola- That was one badass and beautiful post. (I like the shoes too...) Beautiful pictures, beautiful soul, have beautiful and wondrous and magical year!

Old Kitty said...

I wish I'm able to run around like a badass ninja with those gorgeous heels (I kind of like the socks too - so cute!) but will just have to contend with standing very still and looking glam instead!

HAPPY 2011!!!!! May all your dreams and wishes come true too!! Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great pictures! Happy New Year, Lola.

Jules said...

Love the kaleidoscope of photos and the sentiment. And Walt Disney is one of my heros :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Elisabeth Black said...

I enjoyed this post. You find the best photos. Thought you might like this:


Linda G. said...

Welcome back. The blogosphere is a much brighter place when you're in it. :)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Such a beautiful post and a Happy New Year, Lola.

Meredith said...

This post just made me so very happy, and so very inspired. It's exactly what I needed. Thank you so much, Lola!

Tony Benson said...

That's a really uplifting message. Thank you!

No conferences planned, but a busy year of writing. I'm working on a big sci-fi project at the moment, then I may get back to editing my NaNo novel to get it ready for the big-time. Who knows?

Tara said...

K. You know I'm not a shoe girl. And I hate heels. But, I love those in your photo. Love them. With the socks. I'd totally wear them; kill myself doing it. But totally would, yo.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

great pics!
I really, really wanted to go to Wiscon this year, but then i found out that it's on memorial day weekend, and that's time for me to spend with my family. Sad. SO no conference for me

Heather said...

Happy new year to you too! I hope yours is off to an excellent start. "Live fearlessly," I love that! Great pictures. I'm totally inspired now.

Melissa said...

I love all of these pictures! They're soooo inspiring! Here's to a great 2011 for all of us:)

Carolyn V. said...

I love this post Lola! I wish magic and dreams for you this year! I hope they all come true (for all of us)!

Anonymous said...

Nice to have a dose of Lola magic today...I'm dreaming along with you.

Taryn Tyler said...

You always come up with the most amazing pictures! Thank you. I'm so excited about 2011. More than any other year for some unexplicable reason. I just feel ready.

Julie said...

I was already feeling like the world is a decidedly yummy place and you, your words, and your images just made it yummier.

But I do think I need a pink cupcake... and maybe some new heels. :)

Happy New Year!

Shannon said...

Love this post! Happy New Year!

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I <3 your post. here is to a wonderful 2011.

Carol Riggs said...

I LOVED some of those photos!--like the paper Cinderella cutouts coming out of the book, the mushrooms, and the boy with the kite on the grassbook.

Best wishes for your dreams in 2011!

Susan Tiner said...

Happy New Year Lola!

I would love to see a picture of you in those heels.

Kazzy said...

Love the bubbles shot. My wish for 2011 is that I continue regaining control of my life. Kinda vague, but I know what I mean at least.

Abby Minard said...

Aw, that was really sweet- love the photos you find. Hope you have a wonderful new year, and yes, we all need a little more cupcakes and heels in our lives.

Melissa Gill said...

Lola how do you do it. That was so amazing. I'm in awe of your visual artistry and your words. I'm always dreaming of taking the next steps in my writing career.

I hope you meet your dreams too.

Lola Sharp said...

Thank you, friends, for saying such lovely things here.
I'm grateful for all of you.

I'm trying hard to make my rounds and catch up with everyone.


LR said...

Happy New Year to you!

Champagne looks fantastic. :)

Jon Paul said...

Lola--you ARE a badass ninja!

Seriously, I just wanted to stop in and say thank you. My blog's one years old today, and you were a big part of why I kept with the writing--particularly during NaNo.

Looking forward to a rockin' 2011. From the bottom of my heart, thanks! :D

Sophia said...

I have my srs-bizness writing and reading goals over here on my blog, but my dreams for this year are more along the lines of: jump-start my social life, continue to reconnect with an old, loved friend, meet new people (ahem, boys) and experience new things along the lines of rock-climbing and kayaking in Wales. Hopefully none of them are so outlandish as to be actually unachievable. Success to all of us!
- Sophia.

Kelly Breakey said...

I am with you.

Carol Kilgore said...

This was the best post ever. I wish all of it for you. Do we have to skip the socks?

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Such wonderful, wonderful thoughts and photos (I love champagne and cupcakes!). Truly an amazing post. I'd love to hit the SCBWI LA conference this summer, but we'll see. Cheers to 2011!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Awesome post! I loved the pictures and feel so inspired now!! :) Here's hoping you have a wonderful 2011.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Looking forward to a badass 2011!! Hopefully we'll get to meet up this year.

Man, there's just nothing like a jeans with a pair of heels. Pink ones would rock.

Thanks for being an inspiration, chickie. You always are, and I adore you for it.

LTM said...

I think I'm dreaming about what most of us are dreaming about... :D No conferences on tap for me.

Happy New Year~ :o) <3

Becky Taylor said...

I loved your post...how wonderful. I have many dreams/goals on the horizon for 2011. Some very exciting things are coming my way.

As far as conferences go...I might go to Pikes Peak here in Colorado. And for sure the Colorado Gold.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Beautiful post, Lola! We should all eat more cupcakes. (wink)

I hope all your dreams publishing and otherwise come true in 2011.

Happy New Year!

ali said...

Lola, I believe I have just fallen in love. This post was beautiful to look at and so inspiring. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Those are lovely thoughts and pictures.

I'm definitely going to SCBWI Florida this year. I'd like to go to ALA, mid-year SCBWI, and NCTE.

Have a wonderful 2011!

Shari said...

Hi Lola! Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you, too! Love the whole positive fulfilling your dreams theme. Here's to signing contracts this year 'cause if we're gonna dream, let's dream BIG.

Oh, and love the heels!

Linda Kage said...

I hope my new year contines just as well as last year did.

Happy new year too you too!!

Susan Fields said...

What a beautiful post - I'm so glad you shared all those photos and quotes and wonderful thoughts with us! Happy New Year to you, and may 2011 be the year of your dreams!

Kelly H-Y said...

You bet ... here's to a fabulous 2011!! Great post!

Kelly H-Y said...

You bet ... here's to a fabulous 2011!! Great post!

Lola Sharp said...

As always, thanks for stopping by and always leaving me such delicious comments. :)

I'm still making my rounds visiting all of you, trying to catch up with everyone.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love those pictures! And I'm going to copy down that Walt Disney quote to post in my class as a Quote of the Day.

Happy New Year!

(And my daughter would love the ability to talk to owls too.)

Jules said...

Stopped to say Thank You for the lovely comment you left. So glad you liked the post :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Talli Roland said...

Happy happy New Year! What great powerful words and photos for the year ahead.

K.M. Weiland said...

Beautiful post. I especially like that nifty picture of the books on the chairs spelling out 2011. What would a New Year be without plenty of dreams and a little anticipation of magic? Thanks for the reminder!

Jai Joshi said...

Lovely post, Lola. I love your wishes for 2011 and thank you for them.

I'm wishing 2011 will see more peace and togetherness than we've seen in recent years. It's hard to wish for peace every year and not get it. But I can dream. It's my dream.


Tony Benson said...

Just came back to say that since I like the style of your blog, I've awarded you the Stylish Blogger award. You can see it at:


Ann said...

I just loved this post. Such wonderful feel good inspiration. A very happy New Year to you and my for you is that all your dreams come true.

Theresa Milstein said...

Lovely post. Happy New Year, Lola.

I'm attending NESCBWI in MA, not NY. But I visit NYC from time to time.

salarsenッ said...

I can only say Wow, and I'm in love with the pink shoes!! You amaze me.

roxy said...

Love the heels and the gorgeous pictures. Thanks, lovely Lola, I'm inspired for 2011.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi, Lola! I was so happy to see your little avatar in my comment thread today!

This post is beyond words . . . so, so, so, so good!!! :-)

Amy said...

Happy New Year Lola! Loved all your quotes! Very inspirational!
Good luck with all your dreams, I wish you the best :)

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K.D. Anderson said...

Oh my gosh, I forgot how much I adore this blog! Happy 2011!!

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

I love your blog posts!!!!! Every image was more inspiring than the last. My favorite message? Don't let fear stand in my way. That's my mantra for 2011.

Hope your 2011 is off to a great start. Miss ya, sweetie!!!!

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss lola! wow i miss you lots! i love all those cool pictures and your word go on them just right. i hope youre have a really happy and fun new year.
...hugs from lenny

Laura Pauling said...

Loved all the pictures! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog. I recognize your avatar from Twitter! :)

Hannah Kincade said...

I love all of these pictures and miss you so much!! I hope you're having a blast offline and thank you for the best wishes on my writing goals. I haven't outlined them too much...yet.

Danyelle said...

Beautiful, beautiful post! I wish you all this and more this year. :)

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